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Library Resources and Associated Services

A DfE recommended framework providing members with a full suite of library products and services including academic books and eBooks.

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The CPC's framework agreement for Library Resources provides members with a full suite of library products and services across four separate lots. The framework agreement includes:

  • Academic books from a range of publishers (from early years to KS4 and HE)
  • Shelf-ready book services
  • Professional books and publications
  • Learning aids
  • eBooks
  • Newspaper, journal, periodical subscriptions
  • Consolidation services
  • Library discovery tools and services, including search functionality, database provision, Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), web resources, publisher packages, catalogue records, and electronic and print resources


Members looking to acquire books & eBooks should be sure to include ISBN numbers (or a year of publication) in order to assist suppliers with obtaining pricing. It is also recommended that members detail where they require books processing so that bids offered by suppliers include all relevant cost breakdowns

The Department for Education (DfE) recommend this Framework to Schools and Academies.

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  1. Access to suppliers with their own individual specialisms (HE/Academies, textbooks, professional journals, etc.)
  2. Substantial discounts against Publishers’ list prices
  3. A fast and efficient route to market, with the option for direct purchase without further competition
  4. Full compliance with the Public Contracts Regulations
How to Use
  • Direct Award (Lots 1-4): The recommendations for direct award have been laid out within the framework user guide. It is suggested that members award on one of the following bases – Overall score awarded at the time of framework tender, or highest discount off publisher’s list prices (in the case of Lots 1-2), or lowest handling fee (in the case of Lot 3). Guidance suggests that this method is best utilised where the members’ requirement is on an urgent, low-value, one-off basis
  • Mini-competition (Lots 1-3): Where a member requires a longer-term, higher value contract that necessitates a well-maintained relationship with the awarded supplier, it is recommended that a mini-competition process is undertaken. A template has been created to assist members with this requirement, however it is very generalised, and members must modify the template to consider their particular needs
Get a Quote

The CPC Quote Tool makes it easy to perform and manage a further competition exercise on this Framework. It's free to use for all our members and offers quick, compliant access to all suppliers on purchases that fall below £214,904.00

Get a Quote

If your purchase exceeds £214,904.00, the CPC Sourcing Cloud is available that complies with the regulations to allow electronic tender returns whilst still being free to use for our members. Find out more about the CPC Sourcing Cloud.

Direct Award

Direct award is best suited to procurements such as (but not limited to):

  • Low value / low complexity requirements
  • Where goods or services are exclusive to one supplier / provider
  • Continuity or additions to existing goods or services
  • Urgent / one-off requirements

Make a Direct Award

Associated Documentation
  • Framework User Guide Essential
    This is required reading if you are considering using this framework. It tells you everything you need to know about the panel of providers, eligibility, running the mini-competition process, and evaluating bids.
  • Mini Competition Checklist Essential
    It is recommended that members utilise this checklist when undertaking a mini-competition process to maximise the likelihood of obtaining a satisfactory quantity and quality of bid responses from suppliers
  • Pre-Tender Warm Up Letter Essential
    It is recommended best practice to warm up the market in advance of your mini-competition process. Once completed, members can attach this document to a request for quotation in order to contact potential suppliers.
  • Direct Award Notification Form Essential
    This document should be utilised if you are seeking to direct award through this framework. All highlighted information within the call-off conditions should be completed, and the documents should be sent to the relevant persons as detailed in the notification document.
Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this Framework is Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

Lisa O'Shea

Contracts Manager

[email protected]

0161 974 0947